For Dubai Watch Week in November 2017, Iwc Watch 1868 Replica Schaffhausen has launched an exclusive new watch for collectors in the Middle East, in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound (Ref. IW546307), with its dark green dial, comes in a limited edition of just 25 watches. This watch, specially created for lovers of fine watchmaking, will be available in IWC’s regional stores from 1 December 2017.
The Portugieser range was created in the 1930s to meet the specifications of Portuguese businessmen (hence the name), and became a pillar of IWC’s collections. The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound, launched in 2011, showcases the haute horlogerie talents of Kurt Klaus and his team, but remains understated despite its high-end mechanics.
This version, limited to 25 pieces, has a deep emerald dial and is animated by a flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock. The round 43-mm case is fitted with a black alligator leather strap. The manually-wound manufacture 98900 calibre, which can be viewed through the transparent sapphire crystal case back, supplies a power reserve of 54 hours and features IWC’s signature indexless balance.
Portugieser Tourbillon (Ref IW546307) © IWC Schaffhausen
It’s made to be a relatively high-quantity-production automatic chronograph caliber with a 7750-like design but using a column wheel replacement the cam-actuation system become the most notable gap. Operating frequency remains 4Hz, and power reserve is 46 hours so other specs are rather near the famed workhorse chronograph caliber. Aesthetics-wise what’s new about it compared to last year’s limited edition is the fact that it now has the enormous and always striking IWC winding rotor using large cutouts and beveled edges instead of the rather underwhelming stamped bit that has been present on the 2016 models. Based on last year’s comparable models expect the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph’s price to begin from approximately $7,200. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport is a titanium-clad, 44mm-wide alternate to the aforementioned triple-register sporting a more complex IWC Caliber 89361. It delivers a more striking 68 hours of power reserve, a more advanced automatic winding system and also the more sophisticated display of chronograph hours and minutes on a single sub-dial at 12 o’clock. A neat design detail is the lightning seconds hand at six o’clock, set as a reminder of this Ingenieur emblem (and the central seconds of a Milgauss(possibly). Within this event, legible, but possibly not-so-sporty black and white, the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport will be a limited run of 500 pieces — but we would not be surprised to see unique versions come along sooner rather than later.
As Luc Rochereau, IWC’s regional brand manager for the Middle-East, India and Africa, explained, the most demanding connoisseurs and collectors of the Middle East have always supported the IWC brand, which was why it made sense to have a timepiece available exclusively in that region.
The Seddiqi family remains an enthusiastic supporter of IWC, and is delighted to be able to offer its timeless timepieces to the region’s watch lovers. “The Portugieser range has always showcased the best of haute horlogerie and of IWC,” explains Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, vice-president of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. “It is a privilege to be able to offer this rare hand-wound tourbillon to our select clientele.”